Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Novella Review: Wide Spaces

Wide Spaces (Wide Awake, #2)
Wide Spaces by Shelly Crane
(Wide Awake #2)
October 20, 2013
194 pages
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
(contains non-explicit sexual reference/inference)
Source: Personal purchase
Book Blurb:
A novella for Emma and Mason's first Christmas together after Wide Awake.

Emma knows better than most that life can change from one second to the next. Mason knows that guilt can make you change so much, that you don't even recognize yourself in the mirror. When they found each other, they knew that life had given them a second chance.
But can one night, one second, one misunderstanding change everything?

A life together that saved them will become a life they think is lost forever.

My Review:

Wide Spaces is the continuation of Mason and Emma's relationship after Wide Awake (see my review). Is it weird that I liked this novella even more than the first book? This time around I instantly felt Mason and Emma's connection and loved getting reacquainted with their story. Yes, they are a little gushy, lovey-dovey at times. But if you are familiar with Shelly Crane's writing, you expect this. It was sweet to see their interactions not just with each other, but with other family members, and I think that made the story even more special. Along with the sweetness and tenderness, there is also a bit of suspense and drama thrown in. I actually appreciated the drama and that it made things more real, more intense, and made the characters even more honest and open with each other. Then we get the sweetness at the end of this novella - and I really liked how Crane handled this. It was beautiful, tender, genuine, and I loved it!

Altogether, this is a special treat and a great read for Wide Awake and Shelly Crane fans. I suggest reading these books in order as Wide Spaces would be very spoilery if you haven't read Wide Awake yet. There is also a guest appearance which makes me very excited about Wide Open.

Bonus! At the end we get a special sneak peek at the next Significance book. If you are a fan of that series, you will be thrilled with these preview chapters. So excited!
4-1/2 STARS

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